Annual Great Lakes Conference

2023 Great Lakes Conference

The Great Lakes: Managing Fisheries and Exploring Islands

Presentations and Videos

Fisheries Management in the Great Lakes theme

Management of Salmon and Trout in Lake Michigan- Jay Wesley, Fisheries Division, Lake Michigan Basin Coordinator, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (Watch presentation video)

Agency Cooperation and Sustainable Management of Lake Erie’s Walleye Fisheries - Matt Faust, Ohio Division of Wildlife, Sandusky Fisheries Research Station, Sandusky, Ohio (Watch video presentation)

Sturgeon Management in the Great Lakes - Justin Chiotti, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Detroit River Substation, Gibraltar (Watch video presentation)

Panel Discussion 1 - Watch video

PFAS in Lake Michigan Fish - Daniele Miranda, Departments of Physics and Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (Watch presentation video)

Great Lakes Islands theme 

Great Lakes Islands 101 – Matt Preisser, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), Lansing (Watch presentation video)

Remote Great Lakes Island Surveys: Notable Discoveries and Prioritization Schema for Biodiversity Stewardship – Josh Cohen, Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI), Michigan State University Extension, Lansing (Watch presentation video)

Anecdotal success stories about sustainable island communities - Peter Huston, Great Lakes Islands Alliance, Stewardship Network (Watch presentation video)

Panel Discussion 2 - Watch video



2022 Great Lakes Conference

The Great Lakes: Connecting Science and Management

Presentations and Videos

Theme 1: Great Lakes Ecology

Identifying and Addressing Environmental Justice Issues around Fish Consumption
Donna Kashian, Professor & Director of Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit

The Evolution and Management Application of the Lake Michigan Predator-Prey Ratio
Ben Turschak, Research Biologist, Fisheries Charlevoix Research Station, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Charlevoix

The Past, Present, and Future of Lake Trout in Lake Michigan
Rick Clark, Research Professor, Quantitative Fisheries Center, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing

Panel 1 - Q/A Session with Audience

Addressing our Health with Environmental Surveillance from SARS in Wastewater to E. coli on our Beaches: The Impact of The Michigan Network for Environmental Technology
Joan Rose, Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing


Theme 2: Great Lakes Water Levels

Freak Waves and Meteo-tsunamis
Eric Anderson, Associate Professor, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado

Water Level Variability and Extremes
Drew Gronewold, Associate Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Coastal Community Inundation: Impacts in the High Water Years 2019-2021
Mark Breederland, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Traverse City

Panel 2 - Q/A Session with Audience

Wired Great Lakes: Connecting People to the Lakes One Buoy at a Time
Ed Verhamme, Principal Senior Engineer, LimnoTech, Ann Arbor

For more information, contact Dr. Lois Wolfson at or call 517-230-9281.

This conference was sponsored by Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Institute of Water Research, Michigan Sea Grant Extension, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, and MSU Extension as part of ANR Week at Michigan State University. Support was provided by the US Geological Survey Water Resources Research Program.

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Presentations & Videos from the 2021 Great Lakes Conference